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Boost West

A work made of 15 pastel drawings on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of 15 pastel drawings on white wove paper.

Date:

1990

Artist:

Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds
Native American, Cheyenne/Arapaho, born 1954

About this artwork

An enrolled citizen of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds unites
his commitment to Indigenous histories and land rights with legacies of Conceptual Art, landscape painting, and art in public space. He started his pastel drawings of words and short sentences in the mid-1980s, describing them as “wall lyrics,” iterative and rhythmic expressions of personal experiences. Evoking a trip the artist made from Oklahoma to the San Francisco Bay Area, Boost West speaks to both the spiritual transformation that can occur during travel and the importance of voyages in Cheyenne culture. As such, Boost West is as much an abstraction of the artist’s experiences as a physical manifestation of memory.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Contemporary Art

Artist

Edgar Heap of Birds

Title

Boost West

Date

1990

Medium

15 pastel drawings on white wove paper

Dimensions

55.5 cm x 76 cm (21 7/8 x 29 7/8 in.) each; 279.4 x 228.6 cm (110 x 90 in.) overall

Credit Line

Ada Turnbull Hertle and Samuel W. and Blanche M. Koffler endowment funds

Reference Number

2020.345.1-15

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